Microsoft's Bing and Qwiki (quickie), an interactive online story-creation tool, announced a partnership on June 12, 2012. If you want to see an example, go to Bing and search for paris. The second link in the results (SERP) includes a video-style play button. Click it and you'll see what appears to be a video that shows interesting and detailed information about Paris with a computer generated voice reader some transcript. Think of it as a knowledge-graph video. Search for paris in Google, and all you'll get is a static map, basic information, and a list of a few photos. The Qwiki video is certainly more entertaining. SEO's, if you want to get your product or service on Qwiki when someone searches for it on Bing, your likely to be number two or three in the SERPs.
Time are changing for meat eaters. Biz Stone and Evan Williams, creators of Twitter.com, and heavily investing in a new meat-substitute company called, Beyond Meat. Biz and Evan started Obvious Corporation to work mainly with tech companies, but now they are setting their main course to "change the game in terms of how we deliver protein to the growing human population." The first product coming from Beyond Meat, is a chicken-strip product made of soy, which Biz tried and said it had the freaky, mouth-feel of chicken even though he's been a vegan for 10 years. Those concerned about Soy products and all the potential issues that have been raised should rest assured, Mark Messina dispels the myths.
Pivots with startups are going on all the time, but the Twitvid to Telly pivot is turning some heads. The folks at Twitvid seized an opportunity by developing a pinterest-style site for sharing videos, instead of image-only like pinterest does. Let's see if Telly gets any traction as just another content curation application. Check it out at http://www.twitvid.com.
Whether or not you voted for Obama, it's hard to find reason to dislike the latest executive order he signed on June 14. The executive order will require various departments to work together and develop a single process for approving Internet construction projects. In addition, they will adopt a "dig once" policy to ensure new fiber pipes are built at the same time new roads, highways, and interstates are. On 6/13/2012, the White House announced support for a new nonprofit initiative called US Ignite, which will work to coordinate the development of new applications for use on the ultrafast network.
Adaptive Path, a user-experience design firm, has released a new tool to view social media content by time and place called iWitness. It's a clever way to organize the river of data that clogs so many social networks by allowing users to select a location or time frame to review all the content that social media users create everyday. The first thing iWitness does is geolocate your ip address and it begins to find content all around you. You can search for content and check whether or not you want images, videos, and text inline with the results. When any kind of major event happens, I can see news sources tapping the information for their local news casts. iWitness is a very interesting tool, that shows some promise in taking disparate information and making it more meaningful.
There's been a lot of news and blog posts since the WWDC concerning the new Macbook Pro - Retina Display model. iFixit.org did their job of disassembling one, step-by-step, and labeling the new powerhouse a 1 out of 10 in terms of upgradability. Following that, a week later, iFixit.org released another blog post with the premise that as more and more people buy machines that cannot be upgraded like the iPad and MacBook Air, the more Apple will build. There's no doubt that the people at iFixit.org are smart folks, but it's not fair to blame the owners of these machines and suggest they are propagating the problem. The people who buy these machines are a mixture of folks, of course, but why should they care if their new Mac devices are upgradable or not when they have a track record of working so well for so long. I cannot say that about my windows devices. Every program I load seems to slow the boot time by 10 seconds. Since the Mac devices are built with higher-end components, there is a sense they are going to last longer, which, I say, trumps the need for upgrades. Also, apple devices retain their value better than windows devices, so sell it if you are concerned about upgrading it and apply the money towards a new model. That's the Apple way.
Some were let down that a new Mac Pro was not announced at the WWDC. However, there was an email from Tim Cook, which was sent after the event was over concerning an upgrade to the Mac Pro line of computers. As an avid Mac Pro user, I was pleased to hear the news that the workhorse was getting refreshed. Just wish it would happen before 2013.